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Pastor Mica Miller’s husband, John-Paul, was kicked out of the Myrtle Beach church just days after he casually revealed his wife’s “suicide” to a shocked congregation.



A pastor whose wife committed suicide weeks after reporting alleged abuse in their marriage has been removed from his ministerial duties.

Pastor John-Paul Miller, 44, has been removed from his position at Solid Rock at Market Common Church in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

His wife, Mica Miller, 30, was found dead April 27 at Lumbee River State Park in North Carolina from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

An email seen by News13 read: “I, Charles Randall, by the authority vested in me as Overseer, hereby release Pastor John-Paul Miller from all ministerial duties for a time of healing, advice and guidance, in accordance with our governance instrument. ‘

Weeks before her death, she shared a video speaking out about abuse within the marriage as allegations emerged that she was being harassed and “feared for her life”.

Miller was found dead at Lumbee River State Park in North Carolina, weeks after speaking out about abuse in her marriage to John-Paul Miller. The couple is seen here.
Weeks before her death, she shared a video speaking out about abuse within the marriage as allegations emerged that she was being harassed and “feared for her life”.
Miller, who has a criminal record that includes several counts of aggravated assault and battery to which he pleaded guilty, told his congregation that his death was “self-inflicted.”

Miller, who has a criminal record that includes several counts of aggravated assault and battery to which he pleaded guilty, told his congregation that his death was “voluntary.”

“You all know she was not well mentally and she needed her medication and it was difficult to get to her,” he said.

Before making the announcement, he asked his congregants to stand and asked them to “leave the church quietly and not talk about the announcement here in the building.”

“I’m taking a little break, it could be a few days or weeks. I got a call last night, my wife died, yeah, it was intentional … I’m just getting an adrenaline rush,” Miller’s husband said.

An obituary written by him also described his wife as “an excellent mother-in-law, an extraordinary wife and companion” and described her as his biggest cheerleader.

Miller had called authorities before killing himself, telling them, “I’m about to kill myself and I just want my family to know where to find me.”

Officers were sent to the national park where his body was found. Authorities confirmed Monday that she died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Police said throughout the call she remained calm, asking the dispatcher if her phone could be located.

In the days following his death, friends and family held a rally calling for “justice for Mica” outside the Solid Rock church where Pastor Miller, 44, works.

A shared email

Court filings indicate she served her husband with divorce papers just weeks before his death.

Weeks before her death, Mica posted a moving video in which she spoke about abuse within marriage and offered support to “EVERYONE who is struggling to leave a dangerous situation because they think God will be ‘angry’ ” against her.

She said: “My heart is a little heavy today. A lot of women have contacted me about abusive situations, and I just want to tell you what a lot of people have been telling me lately, because I think I’ve forgotten.

“But you are the bride of Christ before anyone else, male or female, no matter your gender, abuse is abuse.”

On Monday, before the cause of her death was announced, ABC reported that Mica had filed police reports against a man — whose name was redacted in the reports — in March, accusing him of harassing her.

She told police she was “scared for her life,” found a tracking device on her car and had her tires deflated several times.

In the days following Mica’s death on April 27, her family rejected her husband’s explanation that it was suicide.

Speaking to DailyMail.com last week, Mica’s sister Sierra Brown said: “The only thing I would say is he said it was an official suicide, This is not the case. There is still an open investigation.

Mica’s death came just 48 hours after her husband, from whom she had been separated for a month, received divorce papers.

Mica has previously shared a video speaking out about abuse within the marriage with pastor John-Paul Miller, 44 (pictured), as allegations emerge that she was harassed.

Court records hint at turmoil within the marriage, with Mica first filing for divorce in October 2023 before withdrawing her request on February 12.

Later that month, Miller filed a suit against his wife for separate alimony in a motion withdrawn on March 11.

But on April 15, just 12 days before she was found dead, Mica filed a new complaint and, according to friends, also requested a restraining order against her husband.

Her friends Kenn and Allicia Young also insisted to NewsNation that Mica did not kill herself.

Allicia Young, who is a member of Solid Rock Church alongside her husband Kenn, said: “I absolutely don’t believe she committed suicide.”

“I absolutely don’t believe she committed suicide because she was energetic and her faith in God was unwavering,” Allicia said on Banfield.

“She was always quick to encourage anyone else, including myself. We had lunch together, we worked together.

In an interview with ABC15, Miller reiterated that his wife committed suicide.

“She had previously struggled with suicide,” he said. “Each time, we helped him through it and took him to the doctor, and we got through it and everything was fine.

“She even gave some testimonies here at church that we have on video. She struggled with suicide, but God took care of her and helped her through it.

He added that she was “probably the best wife anyone could ask for” and described nights spent talking to each other for hours.